About The Franciscan Institute

About The Franciscan Institute for Personal & Family Development

The Franciscan Institute is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (SSM). SSM is an international religious community of women bonded together by the Franciscan values of peacemaking, hospitality and reverence for all creation.

The Franciscan Institute uses a holistic, psycho-spiritual method to address the needs of the whole person (body, mind and spirit). It endeavors to work closely with the church and other organizations to facilitate personal and family development.

The staff at the Franciscan Institute offer cost-effective, collaborative, on-site or off-site programmes in the form of workshops, seminars, retreats, sabbaticals and teachings which are tailored to suit the needs of individuals, couples, families, schools, parishes and other organizations. Professional training, counselling services and spiritual direction are also offered.

Each programme is custom designed for a specific audience: parents, men, women, teens, children, educators, professionals and/or staff, with the goal of facilitating growth and healing to promote a culture of peace.



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